Ingram ready to host Duke, Coach K

The Blue Devil coaching staff will return from the holiday weekend and immediately hit the recruiting trail as they visit in-state standout Brandon Ingram on Monday. Prior to hosting Coach K and company, the four star prospect discussed recruiting, Duke's interest, and more with TDD.

"Coach K is going to come visit on Monday, so that should be pretty interesting," said Kinston (N.C.) standout Brandon Ingram. "I feel like them wanting to set up a visit like this shows just how much they want me to come to Duke. And maybe an offer will come sometime soon."

So far the Blue Devils remain the only school amongst the 6-foot-8 prospect's list not to have offered. Schools who have include North Carolina, North Carolina State, Wake Forest, Louisville, Clemson, Minnesota, VCU, and Virginia Tech.

One thing that could determine Ingram's future with Duke will be how he projects at the next level. Over the last year Ingram has shot up to a full 6-foot-8 and remains average in terms of lateral quickness, and thus he may project more as a stretch forward than as a wing. In his favor is a set of very long arms. Ingram can back off opposing offensive players but still contest or even block a jump shot. He also uses his length as an offensive rebounder and finisher inside. His handling and passing are solid and his jump shot capable (but streaky) to 22 feet.

However, the player himself doesn't see such an evaluation as binding…

"I feel like my strengths start with my shooting ability and my pull-up jumper. I am also a really good driver. On the defensive side, I pride myself in getting deflections and blocking shots. As far as positions go, I definitely think I'm more of a three than a four. I can certainly post up smaller defenders, but my game is based on the wing. I do feel I'm versatile enough, however, to play the position (power forward) at times."

Ingram added that he and his family are formulating a list of questions for Coach K and his staff as they visit on Monday. Chief amongst them will be clarifying where things stand in the recruiting process.

"They've said I could possibly get an offer tomorrow, so who knows how that'll happen. I've been talking a lot with Coach K and Coach Capel about things."

Ingram, of course, visited Duke several times during this past season, and always found himself court side. It gave him a chance to watch the team in action, as well as take in the environment at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The pinnacle experience, he said, was the game against North Carolina in late March.

"It was a really great game, and an awesome environment. Their guys really got after it, and they are very well coached. I visited several times and the fans are always there no matter who they are playing. Their fans are so loyal and you can really feel how much they really love all the players and how everyone has a lot of pride in their school."

While recruiting is becoming more and more on the front burner, Ingram is also in the middle of a busy AAU schedule, playing for Stackhouse Elite. This past weekend the team played in the Norman Parker Showcase in Suwanee, Georgia.

"We played really well, and won it," said Ingram, who took home MVP honors. "We are now ranked in the top-10 in the country, so we're all excited about this summer and what we can do. We've all been tougher for a while, and we're reaching our potential.

Following the summer - one in which a commitment is likely - Ingram will be back at Kinston High looking to lead the Vikings to a fourth straight state championship.

"We are looking strong again, and we should have another great team. Some of our competitors are getting better as well, and we know we have to put in the work to reach our big goals."

Ingram is rated as the nation's eighth best power forward prospect by Scout.com and a four star prospect. He is considered the nation's No. 40 overall player.


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